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17 Feb: The Snow Bunting again at Mam Tor

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DOS Committee


We have several committee vacancies for the coming year and we need members to step forward and help us out. The DOS cannot function without new ideas and new people on the committee. Being a bird expert is not essential so if you have a few hours per month free (only three full meetings per year) with general admin and committee skills and may be interested please contact the

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The Birds of Derbyshire

Less than 30 left! Our widely acclaimed county avifauna was published in 2013 and has 376 pages covering history, species status, breeding bird survey results, charts, line drawings, plenty of colour photos and much more in its 30,5cm x 22cm x 3,5cm (this is a big book!)
We have the last remaining copies and can offer them direct to you at a very reasonable price of £25 (plus p&p if not collected)
We can offer an even lower price if you collect. If you are interested please contact the nearest regional stockist to you:
  • North and North West Tel: 01433 630726
  • North East Tel: 01773 861262
  • Central (inc. Derby and if you live outside Derbyshire) Tel: 01332 513487
  • South Tel: 01283 544870

Derbyshire Bird Report 2018

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The latest Derbyshire Bird Report published November 2019. Complete Systematic List for the 217 species seen in Derbyshire in 2018 plus three new breeding species for the county and much more

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Derby Peregrines

Catch up on all the Peregrine news at Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project here

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Red Kite Records

As you are aware, this species has a toe-hold in the county as a breeding species. To avoid any disturbance we will not be publishing and further Red Kite records until August unless from birds away from breeding areas. It is important that you can continue to submit all records so we can build an accurate picture for the is species

The 2019 - 2020 Meetings and Trips

Last updated: 20 Jan here

Willow Tit Survey

Conservation Corner: Second and final year of the Willow Tit survey. The RSPB and Rare Breeding Birds Panel national Willow Tit survey finishes in 2020. In 2019, we achieved surveys of 47 tetrads. We need 92 to enable a county-specific assessment of the status of Willow Tits, so we are just over half way. The survey involves two visits to each tetrad between mid-February and mid-April and using playback of Willow Tit calls to assess presence or absence. A recording of the calls is available from me to play on a smart phone or MP3 player, and I will also be able to provide maps of your tetrads nearer the time. We may also be able to lone out equipment to play the calls if you need it. Tetrads that are blacked out have either already been surveyed or are allocated for surveying in 2020.
A list of the 2019 tetrads is here together with the survey methodology here. A tetrad is a 2km x 2km square and the website gives the bottom left 1km square for each tetrad. For example SK3222 includes squares SK3222, SK3223, SK3322 and SK3323. If you are able to cover any of the tetrads listed, then please contact me at or leave a message for me on 07711 426046

Willington GP

If you are interested in joining The Willington Volunteer Group and want to help maintain the nature reserve at WGP please email George Bird and become a registered volunteer. More information here


Please add breeding information to any bird records that you submit to DOS or via BirdTrack, such as occupied nests or adults carrying food or fledged young, as this makes the record far more valuable for conservation. A list of species in which we are particularly interested can be found here

Wildlife Crime

If you witness or suspect wildlife crime then please contact the police (ask for a Wildlife Crime Officer) or RSPB. Your information will be dealt with in confidence but if, for any reason, you are reluctant to take either of those routes then please at least pass the information to Crimestoppers by ringing 0800 555111

Check out the Carsington Bird Club website

You can let us know what you think or make suggestions for improvements using the feedback form. One or two users have reported issues with the contacts details overlaping the bird news. Please let me know if you have seen this problem, preferably with a screen shot, see here if you do not know how to take a screenshot


Meetings and trips


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  Site restrictions

Birdwatchers are are asked to respect the following restrictions:

  • Ambaston GP: Please stay on the public footpath
  • Aston-on-Trent GP: This is a private working gravel pit with permit only access during working hours. The site cannot be seen from the A50 pull-in because of the height of trees/bushes. No access should be attempted AT ANY TIME, however, occasional visits organised by the DWT and DWT/DOS – places limited, see Meetings and Trips page
  • Church Wilne Reservoir: There is currently no access to even permit holders at this site due to Security and Health and Safety at Work Issues
  • Drakelow NR: Please do not walk in front of the main hide
  • Foremark Reservoir: No access at any time to the area along the dam wall or the the west side of the reservoir
  • High Bridge GP: Access from the A38 and take extreme care when crossing the hump-backed bridge. This is a dangerous working gravel pit and heavy lorries use the site during working hours so best visited in the evening or weekend but be aware work can occur at any time and parking is difficult during the working week. There should be no attempt to gain Access At Any Time. The best pit should only be viewed from the lane
  • Willington GP: Please stay on the main tracks, do not use the gravel company roads. Currently The Canal Pit is very difficult to view from the Canal Bank or from the Canal Bridge due to tall vegetation. Signs now on this pit which say “No Access to Birdwatchers”.

Safety first!

Respect landowner's privacy

"The interests of the bird comes first"

Birdwatchers code of Conduct


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